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  • #16
    Father-Son Matches

    Austin is the DCP Subregional Champion!






    Next stop is Muirfield Village, trying to qualify for the finals at Augusta next year during Masters week.
    Last edited by youngstownkid; 08-02-2018, 07:23 PM.

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    • #17
      Father-Son Matches

      He looks like he’s dressed up for a snooker match...

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      • #18
        Father-Son Matches

        Austin entered the USGA DCP again. This year we signed up a bit late, so we drove to Westmoreland CC south of Pittsburgh. He did good in driving, hitting all three drives straight down the middle with distances of 189, 190, and 191. His first chip was pretty short, but his other two were ok. His first putt was a tad right, his second he lipped out, but his third he hit a bit too hard. He just missed qualifying by a few points despite not having his best day.

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        • #19
          Father-Son Matches

          Austin beat me 7-4 tonight getting 13-3. Kid made some good shots. Couple 2 railers, one for the win. Couple games I didn’t even make a mistake. I try a typical shot after the break but leave a cross...game can be over quick.

          I don't take it easy on him, but I need to be more careful I guess. Usually because I'm trying to run one extra ball before moving a ball away from his pocket. He's so close to learn when to use traps. I try to show him traps that I play, but it hasn’t sunk in yet. If he sees a bank he’s almost always shooting it, not trapping.

          One game I broke, he left a cross and I ran 10 which felt good, but it frustrates him because he doesn’t have the same firepower. I love seeing him light up after a good shot, and he did that several times tonight.

          The table isn’t fully assembled yet (waiting on a few parts left at the sellers house by accident), but I think I have to own up to the fact that I’m 0-1 on my own table...

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          • #20
            Originally posted by youngstownkid View Post
            Last year around this time, I started letting my older 2 boys play pool. Once they started enjoying it, I wanted to teach them to play 1P, so I started off giving my 9 and 11 year old boys a 15-1 spot with a handspan. The handspan changed to a "fist-bump", and eventually to a "finger/bump" before they no longer were allowed to touch the cue ball. This has evolved to a 14-2 spot, but now they both get the hit, two picks, and penalty-free fouls, including intentional fouls. They seem pretty evenly matched between them, but they don't play each other often. Besides their guaranteed arguing, they just prefer playing dad

            Andrew, my oldest, gets hot off the break at times, often getting the corner ball in or near his pocket. He hits it slightly harder than he should if he wasn't picking two, but since he is, it's definitely to his advantage. Getting out of these breaks is hard at times, since he often hangs a ball, which makes it very enjoyable for both of us, but especially him, lol. He really enjoys beating me! His record is two consecutive 2 & outs from the break.

            Austin, my second oldest, is barely tall enough to shoot, and I encourage him to use a platform but often he gets tired of pushing it around. He is more patient than his older brother, but maybe not quite as consistent with shooting. His break is more consistent, but usually not devastating, since he breaks like it's a normal game with no picks.

            I don't let up on them, not consciously anyway. Even if I hear their conceding words and tones once they think the game is about to be over. I try to discourage any form of poor sportsmanship whatsoever but occasionally I don't say anything at all, instead I just bear down even more just in case they're subconsciously asking for me to give them one more chance. I don't want to give them positive feedback for saying even the slightest losing remark.

            It's rare that I can finish up on either of them if we play enough games. It's probably my discipline that is at fault since I sometimes underestimate them. They are learning how to win. I don't want to reduce the spot too early, so even though they keep asking for less of a spot, as a way of getting acknowledged of their improvement, I'm steadily holding the line. I can still win, if I stay careful, so I don't want to reward them for my errors. Besides, they enjoy winning, and I enjoy being allowed to play them hard. I might not always be as careful with them as I would with an opponent that I gamble with, but I never miss balls on purpose.

            I usually get 3 to 5 games in with each of them right before their bedtime. I'll try to post updates when I can as a way to look back on their progress.
            Just testing to see if we could reply in this section, which o thought was not an option in the old version.

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